Executive Power, Then and Now: The Case of Unilateral Executive Action and the Constitution

Thursday, September 14, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)
PALMTN Davis Auditorium
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Political Science

Executive Power, Then and Now

The Case of Unilateral Executive Action and the Constitution

Thursday, September 14

Davis Auditorium, 5:30pm


What is the place of unilateral executive action in our constitutional system? From areas such as immigration policy, to environmental regulation, to sexual harassment policy in higher education, presidents have recently taken controversial and unilateral action. To what extent does the Constitution allow for it? Has such action become more prevalent over the last two presidencies? By historical standards, where are we to place Presidents Obama and Trump? How has Congress responded to executive action? Two prominent scholars will debate these and related questions in an event to celebrate Constitution Day. The discussion will be moderated by Flagg Taylor, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Honors Forum.


Saikrishna Prakash
James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law
Paul G. Mahoney Research Professor of Law
University of Virginia
Author of Imperial from the Beginning: The Constitution of the Original Executive (Yale University Press, 2015)


Gregory Weiner
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Assumption College
Author of American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan (Kansas University Press, 2015)


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